I come from a long line of thrifters, pickers and down right hoarders. I have many childhood memories of traveling to garage and church rummage sales with my mom. In the 80’s I discovered vintage clothing on Melrose in Hollywood. This gives away my ancient age as now shopping for vintage clothes on Melrose in Hollywood takes a black Amex. Back then, it only took $10 and a vision.
Anyway, I am always on the look out for a good thrift store. I have graduated from clothing to furnishings for my business. Nothing makes me happier than finding a treasure amongst the video tapes and old shoes.
Thrift Alley is one of those stores that is filled with treasures. It’s impossible not to walk out with something you didn’t realize you need. (see the pic of my marble owl I purchased for 50 cents!!).
The clothes, housewares, books and furniture are beautifully displayed and everything is fresh and clean. You don’t feel you have to sterilize your hands when you leave! Ironically the store is situated in an amazing vintage building in Glendale that used to be a mortuary! Yeah. I know.
The architecture is so beautiful, it’s worth a visit just to see the lovely brick and stone archways, stained glassed windows and ornate entry doors. Take a look at the pictures and be inspired.
You’ll also be inspired by the organization that runs Thrift Alley. We took a tour of the facilities and I was so impressed by the work this group does. Ensuring needy children will have back to school clothes was just one of the many philanthropic projects undertaken by the hard-working volunteers of Assistance League of Glendale.
Right now, the Halloween costumes are inspiring and remember it’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping. I guarantee you will find something amazing here. Not only that, but your purchase goes to a very good and legitimate organization and that’s the greatest gift of all.
Teri and I both LOVE “thrifting”. The Assistance League of Glendale Thrift Alley is a wonderful place to find fabulous treasures and support a charity that gives directly to the community.
Every time I go into the Thrift Alley, I find something I can’t live without. I have a passion for vintage pyrex and fun mid-century artifacts. Books, books, books! They have an entire wall of great books, magazines and cookbooks. The Assistance League volunteers work really hard to make this shop inviting and fun to shop in. As thrift stores go, it’s neat as a pin.
We were fortunate to get a private tour of the stately building the thrift store is housed in. It’s a former mortuary! The Assistance League makes full use of this gorgeous historic building by holding their meetings, social gatherings and housing their “Operation School Bell” project which clothes school children in need in the Glendale school district. The kids are also given backpacks, toiletries. As a special touch the kids also get to pick a book of their choice provided by the Assisteens, the (youth group sponsored by the Assistance League).
When you shop you help support kids in Glendale directly. We found out they do a fun program in the schools called Authors and Illustrators bringing children’s book authors and illustrators directly into the classroom to inspire and encourage school children in literacy. They also sponsor SAT prep seminars to children in financial need. The list of their support to the community goes on, but now you can understand how you can have fun shopping at the Thrift Alley and know your money is used well and goes directly to the community.
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The Assistance League is always welcoming new members. Find out more about this wonderful volunteer opportunity in an area near you.
Donations to the thrift store are accepted during business hours.
Log on to http://www.alglendale.org/ for information about making a cash
donation, or send a check payable to the Assistance League of
Glendale to 314 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205-1019.